Egypt national basketball team
|FIBA zone||FIBA Africa|
|National federation||Egyptian Basketball Federation|
|Coach||Juan Antonio Orenga|
|FIBA World Cup|
|FIBA Africa Championship|
Gold: 1962, 1964, 1970, 1975, 1983|
Silver: 1972, 1981, 1987, 1989, 1993, 2013
Bronze: 1978, 1985, 1992, 1999, 2001, 2003
The Egyptian national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Egypt in international competitions. It is organized and run by the Egyptian Basketball Federation (Arabic: الاتحاد المصري لكرة السلة).
Team Egypt has a legacy of remarkable achievements. Its 9th-place finish at the 1952 Summer Olympics, as well as its 5th-place finish at the 1950 FIBA World Championship, remain the best results ever of an African nation at each tournament. Further, the title of the EuroBasket 1949, is the most prestigious basketball title of an African nation as well. At the FIBA Africa Championship, Egypt holds a record number of 17 medals.
Egypt joined the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA) in 1934 and has Africa's longest basketball tradition.
The Egyptians finished last at the second European basketball championship, the EuroBasket 1937 held by FIBA Europe continental federation. They had lost their first two preliminary round games against Estonia and Lithuania before withdrawing from the tournament. Their remaining matches were lost by default, including the final preliminary match, the classification semifinal, and the 7th/8th playoff.
Egypt was much more successful in their next appearance, the EuroBasket 1947. They won all three of their preliminary group matches and their first semifinal group game. Their only loss of the tournament came to eventual gold medallist Soviet Union in the second semifinal group game, before Egypt won their third. Their 2–1 record in the semifinal group placed them second and set up a bronze medal match against Belgium, whom Egypt had defeated in the preliminary round. Egypt won again in a close 50–48 match, winning their first European medal.
The following championship was both hosted and won by Egypt. In a relatively small event with seven teams, none of which had placed better than third previously (France and Egypt had both done so), the Egyptians had little trouble winning their first five games. By the luck of the draw, Egypt did not face France until the last game of the tournament, so while the standings were based entirely on the seven-team round robin, the two undefeated teams found themselves facing each other in the last game of the tournament. Dominating 36–16 after the first half, the Egyptians added another point to their lead in the second half to win the game 57–36. The star player and captain Albert Tadros, earned praise for his great skill and excellent leadership.
In Moscow, the Egyptian team once again competed. The EuroBasket 1953 saw the Egypt squad win their preliminary group easily, scoring more points in the round than anyone save the Soviet Union and Bulgaria, the latter of which had had one more game than Egypt. The final round was less conducive to Egyptian success, however; they defeated only Italy on their way to a 1–6 record. Their six losses included a forfeit to Israel, whom Egypt refused to play. The squad took 8th place of the 8 teams in the final round and 17 overall.
Overall, some of the prominent players include the 1984 Olympic top-scorer Muhammad Salaawa, the best player in Africa 1983 Medhat Warda, Amro Aboulkhair, Ahmed Ismail and Alain Attalah.
In the aftermath of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, several of Egypt's elite players did not compete at the 2011 FIBA Africa Championship. Most notably, college-standout Omar Oraby, the Egyptian American Omar Samhan, and Ahmad Ismail, All-Star forward in the Lebanese Basketball League.
Team for the 2015 FIBA Africa Championship.
|Egypt men's national basketball team roster|
|C||Assem Marei||Omar Oraby||Aly Ahmed|
|PF||Rami Ibrahim||Haytham Kamal|
|SF||Youssef Shousha||Amr Al Gendy|
|SG||Ibrahim El-Gammal||Ahmed Hesham|
|PG||Ramy Gunady||Ehab Amin||Ahmed Tawfek|
Other current notable players from Egypt:
|1936||15–18||Basketball at the 1936 Summer Olympics||Berlin, Germany|
|1948||19||Basketball at the 1948 Summer Olympics||London, United Kingdom|
|1952||9–16||Basketball at the 1952 Summer Olympics||Helsinki, Finland|
|1972||16||Basketball at the 1972 Summer Olympics||Munich, Germany|
|1976||12||Basketball at the 1976 Summer Olympics||Montreal, Canada|
|1984||12||Basketball at the 1984 Summer Olympics||Los Angeles, United States|
|1988||12||Basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics||Seoul, South Korea|
|2020||To Be Determined||Basketball at the 2020 Summer Olympics||Tokyo, Japan|
FIBA World Cup
|1950||5||1950 FIBA World Championship||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|1959||11||1959 FIBA World Championship||Chile|
|1970||13||1970 FIBA World Championship||Yugoslavia|
|1990||16||1990 FIBA World Championship||Argentina|
|1994||14||1994 FIBA World Championship||Canada|
|2014||24||2014 FIBA World Cup||Spain|
|2019||To Be Determined||2019 FIBA World Cup||China|
Between 1937 and 1953, Egypt competed in the European Championship.
|1937||8||EuroBasket 1937||Riga, Latvia|
|1939||–||EuroBasket 1939||Kaunas, Lithuania|
|1946||–||EuroBasket 1946||Geneva, Switzerland|
|1947||EuroBasket 1947||Prague, Czechoslovakia|
|1949||EuroBasket 1949||Cairo, Egypt|
|1951||–||EuroBasket 1951||Paris, France|
|1953||8||EuroBasket 1953||Moscow, USSR|
FIBA Africa Championship
Head coach history
- Fouad Aboul kheir – 1983
- Samy El Sharony – 2008
- Zeljko Zecevic – 2009
- Miodrag Perisic – 2011
- Amr Abould Kheir – 2012–2014
- Ahmed Mohamed Marei – 2014–2016
- Juan Antonio Orenga – 2016–present
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- Egypt national under-19 basketball team
- Egypt national under-17 basketball team
- Egypt women's national basketball team
- Egypt national 3x3 team
- FIBA National Federations – Egypt, fiba.com, accessed 24 February 2012.
- Head coaches, fiba.com, accessed 8 May 2013.
- "Juan Antonio Orenga será... ¡seleccionador de Egipto!". Solobasket. 25 April 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- FIBA Profile
- Egypt Basketball Records at FIBA Archive
- Afrobasket – Egypt Men National Team
- 2014 Video: Introduction of Team Egypt
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